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Fruits Basket  
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Description
Tohru Honda, an orphaned high-school girl, is taken in by the wealthy Shigure Sohma when he realizes she has nowhere else to go. However, the Sohma family shares a secret, and it isn't long before Tohru discovers that there's a reason why her classmates, Yuki and Kyo Sohma, never let girls get near them, and never talk about their lives before they lived with Shigure. And before she knows it, Tohru has become so tangled up in the lives of each member of the Sohma family that she couldn't leave even if she wanted to.

As she learns more and more about the truth of the Sohma family and the nature of their secrets, she desperately searches for a way that she can save them. But what can one girl do, especially when it seems that she may have been part of someone's plan all along . . .

Fruits Basket received the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo manga category and the "Best Manga" award at the 2007 American Anime Awards.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Корзинка фруктов
フルバ
フルーツバスケット
水果篮子
후르츠 바스켓
Furuba
Giỏ Trái Cây

Groups Scanlating
Apt 6
Crescent Joy
Eden
Endless Youth and Co.
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Latest Release(s)
c.Neko Fanbook by Endless Youth and Co. (2635d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (2691d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (2776d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 38

User Reviews
Fruits Basket by Anonymous

Forum
10 topics, 326 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2296 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 19th 2014, 1:31pm PST


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Year
1998

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Chuang Yi (23 Volumes - Complete)
Tokyopop (23 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #600 decreased(-285)
Monthly Pos #524 increased(+253)
3 Month Pos #602 decreased(-29)
6 Month Pos #572 decreased(-29)

List Stats
On 1403 reading lists
On 774 wish lists
On 5737 completed lists
On 335 unfinished lists
On 534 custom lists

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Forum Posts
*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 354 days, 21 hours, 28 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 483 days, 14 hours, 59 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 545 days, 15 hours, 20 minutes ago
fav fruits basket moments 1172 days, 21 hours, 48 minutes ago
what fruits basket character do u think u r most like? 1220 days, 11 hours, 12 minutes ago

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brings good memories   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by areumlee
November 22nd, 2011, 10:58pm
I remember reading this for the first time around 2006, it was the second manga I've ever completed! Now it's 2011, and I can still remember bits and pieces of it. It's one of those feelgood mangas even though it possesses dark elements. The art isn't spectacular but it grows on you, and you truly develop a sense of community from the characters. I tried reading this again a few times but I think it's one of those mangas that should be kept in my memory. Even though it's shoujo, it's truly one of the best out there!
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It's been a while since I've read this...   
Rating: N/A
by kazanakanaka
November 17th, 2011, 12:00am
This was the first manga I've EVER read, and it's been years and I really liked it the first time I read it, and this time I'm seeing it in a whole new light. I think the author really understood human nature and how to be happy, and some of the things Tohru and her mom say are so amazing and optimistic. There are some real life lessons to be learned, and even the darker parts of the story carry good lessons with them.
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Well, it was alright.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
November 2nd, 2011, 9:34pm
I've heard tons of rave reviews about this manga, but to be completely honest, I've never been able to finish it. Even my guy friends tell me how good it is, and I just don't get it. So I finally sat down and said "Alright! I will get through it this time!" and finally did.

There are lots of good things about this manga. The characters grow, change, figure out their flaws, try to fix them, and are generally likeable. The plot is more or less interesting and the interaction is great. The romance is also there (in great heaping dollops.)

What bothered me to no end, though, were a lot of really basic things that I can't help but feel should have been gotten right somehow.

A) The dialogue is horribly disjointed. I don't know if this is a scanlation thing or a style thing, but it's all over the place. Towards the end, I could barely tell who was saying what, and the mangaka's love of word bubbles with stuff like "this--" "happiness--" "and my--" "feelings--" "toward--" "that person's--" "anger at them--" is really hard to make any sense out of (especially because she usually doesn't indicate who's saying it, which makes it even worse.) That really took away from my enjoyment of the story.

B) It gets really hard to tell the characters apart. Fruits Basket has a horde of characters and a terrible case of Only Six Faces. To make things worse, several of them have similar hairstyles, or they cut/change their hair and clothing halfway through the manga, which really throws you off. There's "growing up", and then there's "becoming unrecognizable", and it mostly does the latter. (Kagura, for instance, starts out as a frilly, toy-carrying whirlwind, and toward the end chapters she shows up in a shirt and pants with her hair tied back. Gyah!)

C) Holy moly the angst. It's everywhere. The angst is everywhere. The whole Sohma family is comprised of people with angst. Combine that with disjointed dialogue, and I'm surprised it turned out as gripping as it did. This mangaka sure knows how to tug at heartstrings.

(Also, speaking of the whole Sohma family, all the intra-Sohma romances did end up feeling slightly incestual. But I guess when your family is the size of a small village, that sort of thing can't be helped.)

Overall, it's a good manga. It takes a bit to plough through the middle part (there were 50 chapters or so that just dragged), but it starts well and does get good, so if you're into enormous love stories where everyone lives happily ever after you might want to give this a shot. At it's core, though, surprisingly, Fruits Basket is neither about zodiac animals, romance, or hot men living in a house. It's about parenthood, more or less. It's all about parenthood.

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2011, 9:53pm
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True Heroes Don't Need Swords   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yongzhi93
October 24th, 2011, 10:51am
No, this will not be a rant about Tohru, a rave about Kyo or Yuki, or about Akito. Yup, they're our main characters, but they're not actually what made this manga stand out for me.

I am going to honour those who kept their wit in the midst of insanity, those who braved the storm that was the rules of the Zodiac. The characters that nearly made me cry were Momiji the Rabbit, Hiro the Ram and Shigure the Dog. Tohru's mom Kyoko, Ritsu the Horse and Hatori the Dragon deserve mention, too.

If you've followed the series, you'll notice something about the characters I picked out. Yes: it's sacrifice. In fact, the whole story sings of sacrifice for the sake of selfishness: guilt and vindictiveness pervade the whole cast, and only Momiji and Tohru truly stay clean. And that's where Momiji comes in. We're led to believe that Momiji's really just a spoilt brat (though cute), but that impression is quickly shattered when we learn his true story - that he has had to abandon his mother and sister for their own well-being. This has virtually meant losing his father, as well. But Momiji takes that loneliness head-on, cries painfully, and moves on, and this courage warms the heart of every reader.

Again with Hiro: we see a brash and prickly exterior, who's all set to be the new antagonist. He's not even cute like Momiji. Yet, his fangs have evidently been sharpened by circumstance - he's this way because he knows no other way. And we learn, too, of his sacrifice for Kisa, later on. In a story full of repression, where home is more like jail, Tohru perhaps has it easiest as the only one who's free to live out her own life.

Explicit sacrifice pervades the entire tale, but every character has their own pain, and the hidden hurts rankle most of all, especially for the lack of sympathy. Shigure has been there, right from the beginning - a fun-loving and seemingly happy writer prone to laziness and providing comic relief. He does have a serious side when protecting our youthful, innocent cast from the Main House, but otherwise remains the cheerful dog we know. Yet, later on, we slowly catch on that he's had history with Akito, and while it's never really said explicitly, it's quite clear that Shigure has suppressed his own wanting to be loved for the best interests of those he does love.

A manga crying for love and belonging. From start to end it's about a family, and the most painful irony is that this family knows nothing about being a real family, and rejects anyone who tries to teach it so - brutally. They go mad, like Momiji's and Kyo's mother; they get hurt, like Hatori's fiance Kana. Perhaps the art could be tweaked, and perhaps a little more normality could be injected - as Kimlinger commented, "good parents are as common as penguins in the Sahara—every single one is either neglectful, smothering, unfeeling, abusive, misguided, or dead". The storytelling, however, is top-notch, and the characters can only continue growing on you even after 23 volumes. This is, undoubtedly, shoujo emotion evocation at its best. Prepare tissues.

... Last updated on October 24th, 2011, 10:53am
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Funny and Cute   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sphear
October 23rd, 2011, 2:03pm
I liked this one, not really a 'favorite' but it was a good pass time. Everything was good, plot to artwork and if something wasn't really that great it was close. This mangaka had a different style of artwork compared to others in her time, and thats what I think amazing about her.
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ngaw. so cutee :D   
Rating: N/A
by airin gata
October 3rd, 2011, 10:53pm
I absolutely do not understand why people don't like this manga. It was actually the first manga series I have ever read, being the first I actually then had really high standards for the others I read. It is funny, sweet, contains a lil bit of fantasy and lots of romance. The art is good... I don't know why people say they stopped because of the art, you need to get use to it, which takes like 2 secs.
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The Best of what is Shojo   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
September 13th, 2011, 5:00am
Touching, quirky and truly romantic, this is my favorite manga of all time. This is the only time I have ever given a manga a 10, and it deserves every 10 it gets. If you don't cry during this manga, you are not human. The art is excellent, the characters are dynamic and the ending is where I wanted it to be. This is how I rate other mangas, on how it measures against this shojo classic. The anime, though amazing, cuts out alot of the best parts, as they had not even gotten near the best part of the manga. I probably have read this manga 5 times, and watched the anime about 4 times. I don't think I will ever find another manga that measures up to it.

10/10

PS: I really don't get some of the tags such as "male lead falling in love first" or "Mary Sue" as NEITHER ARE TRUE! Also, where is the LGBT influence other than some joking around?

... Last updated on July 3rd, 2013, 8:05pm
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Only Manga That Ever Really Made Me Cry. . .   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Day Dreamer
September 2nd, 2011, 8:11pm
When I finished reading Fruits Basket,I realized I had become attached to the characters---especially Kyo and Tohru---and watching their story come to a completion was bittersweet.Sure maybe it didn't need to drag out as much as it did with 23 volumes & yes Tohru's personality didn't have to be so saint-like,but it's the only manga that I ever really felt emotionally attached to---and this is why it gets props in my book =]

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2011, 8:30pm
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Really adorable!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SteReo_R
September 2nd, 2011, 2:00pm
Initially I thought Tohru was going to end up with Yuki, but until the later part in the chapters then she was with Kyo. Some part in this story made me cry, rejoice and etc. In total it's totally worth the read! Not to mention you would get hooked on once you start reading.
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Adore this!   
Rating: N/A
by reina q
August 1st, 2011, 8:10pm
The one thing I always look for in mangas like this is how realistic it is. Of course, the idea that people turn into animals from the Zodiac is completely unrealistic, but when this story develops, it doesn't even matter anymore! Tohru is a very loving girl, the degree of kindness she exhibits is actually very unbelieveable in the beginning, but we come to realize that she's so much more than a nice girl. Kyou, the cat, at first seems to be some annoying jerk, but he turns out being sensitive and caring. Everyone in this story has secrets that they don't want others to know, and the bond of the Zodiac animals is so amazingly strong that the fact that some situations that seem blown out of proportion are isn't such a surprise. You have to really read it to understand, since I don't want to put spoilers up here. Just believe me when I say I've read this five times and I probably will never get tired of this! You will really enjoy it.
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